Today’s shirt is an experimental one.  I bought this Gap button-down without realizing that the collar was too big.  I could have redonated it, but I decided to try and see if I could cut the collar down.
It turns out that you can.  Now, before you run out and start buying up all the big collared shirts, let me first say that the collar was only off by maybe half an inch.  It was enough to notice, but not a huge difference.  And even at half an inch, it almost didn’t work.
It was also a lot of work.  You have to detach the collarband from the shirt, then the collar from the collarband.  Once you determine how much you need to take out, you sew the slack on both sides (not one side, you don’t want to sew the collarband closed).  You then have to sew the exact amount of slack out of the yoke, taking it in at an angle before you get to the actual shirt back.  You sew the collar back on the collarband, then the whole thing back on the shirt.
Truth be told, I don’t think it’s a worthwhile operation.  All told, it probably took me 3 hours.  I did it just to see what it would take, and it did turn out well, but at the same time, I don’t think I’d do this again unless the shirt was especially nice.
Of course, after finishing the shirt, I realized I didn’t particularly enjoy the collar itself.  Guess I’ll have to do a little more surgery… (and post about it later in the week, of course).

Today’s shirt is an experimental one.  I bought this Gap button-down without realizing that the collar was too big.  I could have redonated it, but I decided to try and see if I could cut the collar down.

It turns out that you can.  Now, before you run out and start buying up all the big collared shirts, let me first say that the collar was only off by maybe half an inch.  It was enough to notice, but not a huge difference.  And even at half an inch, it almost didn’t work.

It was also a lot of work.  You have to detach the collarband from the shirt, then the collar from the collarband.  Once you determine how much you need to take out, you sew the slack on both sides (not one side, you don’t want to sew the collarband closed).  You then have to sew the exact amount of slack out of the yoke, taking it in at an angle before you get to the actual shirt back.  You sew the collar back on the collarband, then the whole thing back on the shirt.

Truth be told, I don’t think it’s a worthwhile operation.  All told, it probably took me 3 hours.  I did it just to see what it would take, and it did turn out well, but at the same time, I don’t think I’d do this again unless the shirt was especially nice.

Of course, after finishing the shirt, I realized I didn’t particularly enjoy the collar itself.  Guess I’ll have to do a little more surgery… (and post about it later in the week, of course).

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